A PORTLAOISE man with 51 previous convictions who was last week convicted for the third time of dealing drugs has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Before the district court was Jason Crean, of 54 Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, who was charged with two counts of the unlawful possession of drugs and one count of having drugs for sale or supply, at last year’s Electric Picnic.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Crean was searched at the Picnic and found to have white powder in 12 separate deals, which the inspector said was a cocaine derivative. The total amount of the drugs was €340.
A search warrant was later obtained for the defendant’s home, where the gardaí found €20 of cannabis herb, which Crean admitted was for his own use.
Among his 51 previous convictions is a one for the cultivation of cannabis.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had cooperated fully with the gardaí and made a full statement of admission.
Mr Meagher said that Crean had been trying to clear a historic debt from a previous drug habit and had been approached by an individual to whom he owed money.
“He was given the drugs to sell to make inroads to the payment,” Mr Meagher explained, adding that threats had been made against Crean’s family.
Mr Meagher went on to say that Crean is now on 80ml of methadone per day through Coote Street addiction clinic in Portlaoise, and he uses cannabis periodically.
“He never exposes his children to drugs,” said Mr Meagher, asking Judge Staines to give Crean an opportunity to provide a letter proving his progress with Coote Street.
However, Judge Staines said she had given Crean two opportunities before and this was his third conviction for supply.
“He knew exactly what he was doing,” said the judge.
She imposed six months, with recognisance fixed for an appeal.